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Weekly Update 295 (Apr. 16th – Apr. 23rd, 2010)



Comedically and musically inclined ladies Katie Crown and Kathleen Phillips debut a new one act "amusical", "Our Lives Work!", this Saturday night at Bread and Circus.


Norm Souza and Cole Osborne (AKA Punch Drysdale), plus a few other similarly strong livered performing friends, will get absolutely blotto Friday night on the Comedy Bar stage, for your amusement, in “Punch Drysdale Drinks a 24“.

Amusement is the name of the game on Saturday night at Bread and Circus as well, where Kathleen Phillips and Katie Crown’s will premiere their new one act “amusical”, “Our Lives Work!“. Also on their bill is Poppa Proppa, Toronto’s oldest prop comic, and musical guest People of Canada, who will be strumming the ukele (Alex will also be playing with a full band Monday night at Elvis Monday – more details in the Music section).

Sunday, there’ll be a reading of “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski“, the hit mash-up script combining “The Dude” with “The Bard”, to fundraise for two upcoming shows from Nobody’s Business Theatre. This is the closest Toronto has come to a staging of the internet phenomenon (I’d heard a production was in the planning stages, but legal issues have sidelined those plans). You also get comedy from Frenzy, and quite a few guys and gals taking most of their clothes off.

Also Sunday, Scott Freethy celebrates his “Scott and the City” 6 month anniversary with a night of musical tribute to the TV show “Glee”, and veteran improviser David Shore performs his final “One Man Harold” show before decamping to the UK.

Monday, there’s an edition of “The Dime Store Novels“, a adult storytelling night closely modeled on the popular US series “The Moth”; and Wednesday, PROJECTProject and The Polecats both come out of hiatus (the PROPro cats have been busy on their Combustion Festival) to pay tribute to PROPro member Sarah Hillier on her birthday.


Haligonian musicmaker Rich Aucoin, who blew many (including myself) away with several spirited performances during CMF back in March, headlines this Tuesday’s NO SHAME music showcase at Sneaky Dee’s.

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Above is a trailer for “Kick-Ass” – a NSFW red band trailer, mind you, that shows Chloe Moretz (“Hit Girl”) doing all the things that has parents groups in a tizzy; her character is a 11 year old cussin’ and killin’ little dynamo. I for one am excited indeed to see the film; by all accounts, it plays hard and loose with the more ridiculous conceits of costumed heroes in popular culture, and the action sequences have internet film geeks exploding with enthusiasm.

Also garnering a lot of interest is the first adaptation from Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“. Lead actress Naomi Rapace is earning serious shout-outs for her portrayal of a caustic and short fused computer hacker, who teams with an investigative journalist to uncover a long buried family secret.




The Meligrove Band join Canuck rock legends Sloan and Buck 65 to celebrate International Record Store Day this Sunday, at Sonic Boom, which will have free in-store performances from 3pm-9pm. Photo by Mat Dunlap.

Julie (Doiron),Fred (Squire), and Daniel (Romanow) are touring and playing together, landing this Friday night at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Saturday is International Record Store Day, and while many of the local stores have sales (like Soundscapes) or a couple of bands playing (like Criminal Records, who have Tallest Man on Earth at 7pm), Sonic Boom takes the cake for biggest splash-out: they’ve got Sloan, Metz, Valery Gore, and more, from 3pm until it’s late enough that other good shows (Like the Amos the Transparent / The Junction gig at Lee’s) at clubs and live venues will be getting underway.

At the beginning of next week, Elvis Monday is featuring a full band performance from The Whole Entire Universe, as well as other musical goodies (plus the Drake’s cheap beer special, and usually quickly gobbled up free buffet); also, Kathleen Edwards is playing in the Drake Underground the following night.

On Tuesday, the Hot Chip / The xx show is sold out, and besides, I think you should go with NO SHAME instead; Rich Aucoin is better live than The xx (watch the video of him at the top of the post).

On Wednesday, Dan Mangan’s holding court at the Horseshoe Tavern; Thursday, HeartCore opens for The Dress Whites @ The Piston; and next Friday, it’s a tough call between headlining sets from Heavy Trash and Yukon Blonde.




Writer/performer Daniel MacIvor's "This is What Happens Next" is his first collaboration with writer/director Daniel Brooks in 6 years, and it's currently running at the Berkeley St. Theatre. Photo by Guntar Kravis.

Factory Theatre’s Performance Spring Festival continues throughout the month, though some shows, including “Where the Blood Lies” ” close this weekend. Also, this weekend is the opening and closing of Birdtown & Smallville’s “The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination“, like many of the Harbourfront Centre HATCH shows before it, it’s a new piece from a exciting young company, the only drawback being that it only gets two performances.

Still running, at least until next weekend, are the Native opera “Giiwedin” and the surreal comedy “Crocosmia” (all the way from the UK).  New shows include heavy hitter Daniel MacIvor’s new one act play, “This Is What Happens Next“, which was developed once again with frequent collaborator Daniel Brooks (though it HAS been almost 7 years since their last collaborative work), and is up and running at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley St. Theatre. Also presenting new material is The Banana Festival, an indie downtown theatre fest that  promises 4 new one acts in an evening, all based around geek chic, save for deceptively sincere musical guest Chelsea Manders.

Opening is a new run at Bread and Circus of Claudia Dey’s wickedly funny play “Trout Stanley“,  and Summerworks hit “If We Were Birds” previews this week at Tarragon. I’m hoping it’ll be seen by loads of new audiences; it’s a deeply moving work inspired by war crimes against women in Serbia, Rawanda, and other recent war torn regions, set in ancient Greece.


Birdtown and Swanville’s newest show, “The Physical Ramifications of Global Domination“, gets two workshop performances this weekend as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH series, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, at The Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.


Steve’s Weekly Picks for Apr. 16th – Apr. 23rd, 2010:


Punch Drysdale will suffer for their art late Friday night when they crack open and consume a 24 on stage at Comedy Bar, and make a show at the same time.

FRIDAY Apr. 16th: Catch 23 Improv“, w/ Rob Norman, Kurt Smeaton, Peter Stevens, host Craig Brown, more, @ Comedy Bar, 8pm, $8     /     Performance Spring Festival: “Where the Blood Mixes“, w/ Ben Cardinal, Kim Harvey, Tom McBeath, more, @ Factory Theatre, 8pm, $25-$35 (limited $10 rush tix)     /     Daniel (Attack in Black), Fred (Shotgun & Jaybird), & Julie (Doiron), w/ Baby Eagle, @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9:30pm, $12      /      “Punch Drysdale Drinks a 24“, w/ Andy Hull, Brendan Halloran, Mark Andrada, musical guest Sean Pinchin, @ Comedy Bar, 10:30pm, FREE (w/ C23 ticket)

SATURDAY Apr. 17th Aft.: Crocosmia“, w/ Dominc Conway, Shamira Turner, and Clare Beresford, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 2:30pm, PWYC       /       Record Store Day: Sloan, Buck 65, Valery Gore, more, @ Sonic Boom (Downstairs), 3pm – 8pm, FREE (get there MUCH earlier, obvs)

SATURDAY Apr. 17th Eve: Our Lives Work!“, w/ Katie Crown & Kathleen Phillips, host Poppa Proppa, musical guest People of Canada, more, @ Bread and Circus, 8pm, $10     /     “Banana Festival” w/ Tim Nussey, Merritt Crews, Jason Robinson, musical guest Chelsea Manders, more, @ The Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St. E.), 10:30pm (also 8pm early show), $10      /      The Junction (12am), w/ Amos the Transparent (11pm), The Darcys (10pm), @ Lee’s Palace, $10

SUNDAY Apr. 18th Aft.: The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination“, w/ Aurora Stewart De Pena, Nicole Stamp, Liz Peterson, host Chris Locke, more, @ Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay W.), 2:30pm, $10-$12      /     “Kick-Ass”, @ Rainbow Market Square, 4pm (also 1pm), $6

SUNDAY Apr. 18th Eve: Party Like Nobody’s Business IV: The Dude Abideth“, w/ Frenzy, Ryan G. Hinds, Nobody’s Business Theatre (reading “Two Gentleman of Lebowski”), more, @ The Garrison, 8pm, $6 (if you’ve RSVP’d to the FB event)      /     “One Man Harold”, w/ David Shore, @ Bad Dog Theatrem 8pm, $10     /     “Scott and the City Six Month Anniversary (the GLEE Show)”, w/ Sara Farb, Jordan Bell, Tessa Alves, host Scott Freethy, more, @ Bread and Circus, 9pm, $12

Quick-witted improv pixie Sarah Hillier will be feted by Alex Tindal and the rest of the PROJECTProject gang, as well as The Polecats, this Wednesday at Unit 102.

MONDAY Apr. 19th: White Hinterland in-store, @ Soundscapes, 6pm, FREE      /       “The Dime Store Novels Digs Deeper“, w/  hosts Kayla Lorette & Bob Kerr, @ Comedy Bar, 8pm, $5     /     “This Is What Happens Next“, w/ Danile MacIvor, @ Canstage Berkeley St. Theatre, 8pm, $20-$35 (limited PWYC rush tix)      /     Elvis Monday, w/ The Lovely Killbots, The Whole Entire Universe, The Wild Core, more, @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 9:30pm, FREE

TUESDAY Apr. 20th:  A Night with Kathleen Edwards, @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 8:30pm, $20      /      No Shame: Rich Aucoin, Bent Buy Elephants, Lisa Bozikcovic, @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, $5      /      “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, @ Scotiabank Theatre Cinemas, 10:20pm (also 6:50pm), $6.47      /     Bookie’s Nu Music night, w/ Plants and Animals (10:40pm), The Barr Brothers (9:50pm), Mike O’Brien (9pm),  @ The Horseshoe, Tavern, 9pm, FREE

WEDNESDAY Apr. 21st: Trout Stanley” preview night, w/ Jessica Huras, Katie Lawson, & Derek Moran, @ Bread and Circus, 7:30pm, $12      /     “PROJECTProject celebrates Sarah Hillier!“, w/ Julie Dumais, The Polecats, Alex Tindal, host Sarah Hillier, more, @ Unit 102 (46 Noble St.), 9pm, $5 (BYOB)

THURSDAY Apr. 22nd: Giiwedin: a First Nation’s Opera“, w/ Ryan Allen, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Jesse Clark, more, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 8pm, PWYC /     Dan Mangan (10:45pm), w/ Aiden Knight (9:30pm), @ The Horseshoe Tavern, $12      /     WreckingBall presents… The Dress Whites, w/ HeartCore, WhosArmy, @ The Piston (937 Bloor St. W.), 9pm, $5 (w/ canned food donation)

FRIDAY Apr. 23rd: If We Were Birds”, w/ Tara Rosling, Geoffrey Pounsett, Phillipa Domville, more, @ Tarragon Theatre, 8pm, $33-39 ($10 rush tix avail. @ 6pm – line up early) /      Yukon Blonde, w/ Sports: The Band, Fox Jaws, @ The Garrison, 9pm, $8     /     “The National Theatre of the World and Little Bulb Theatre Collude!” , w/ Shamira Turner, Ron Pederson, Clare Beresford, more, @ Theatre Passe Muraille, 9pm, PWYC      /         Heavy Trash(11:45pm), w/ CATL (10:45pm), The Weirdies (9:45pm), @ The Horseshoe Tavern, $12.50


Kelowna’s Yukon Blonde blow into town next Friday to play on a bill at the Garrison, with local openers Sports: The Band, and Fox Jaws.


Fine Print:

- All prices listed are advance ticket prices (where applicable). With many of these shows, especially music and theatre, if you show up at the door, you run the risk of being turned away due to a sell out.

- All times are start times, NOT door times. If you show up after the posted time, the show will likely already be underway.

- I typically cap the listed performers at three mentioned per show. The bill of bands / acts / performers is often much larger (particularly for comedy and theatre).

- Theatre and Comedy events are ALL AGES, unless otherwise noted. Music events are 19+, unless otherwise noted (FREE in-store and outdoor performances are ALL AGES, due to the lack of alcohol service).

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